Two of America's smartest political strategists are analyzing the Democratic National Convention this week for Bloomberg View, giving their perspectives on how the proceedings are coming across to millions of viewers and voters. They are Vin Weber, a Republican lobbyist, consultant and former Minnesota congressman who has advised presidential contenders Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney and, this year, Jeb Bush; and John Sasso, a longtime Democratic adviser who was the leading strategist for the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis in 1988 and John Kerry in 2004.
The Democratic strategist said President Barack Obama gave an important boost to Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night; his Republican counterpart thought the president helped her with Democratic-leaning voters and not much else.
"It was such an affirmation and positive view of the country and what we can do when we work together,"' said John Sasso, the Democrat. "It was in stark contrast to Donald Trump's dark view last week."